The Vision

vision for space exploration
The Vision for Space Exploration

NASA is moving forward with a new focus for the manned space program.

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Exploration History

Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS)
This Month in Exploration

Visit every month to find out how aviation and space exploration have improved life for humans on Earth and in space.

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nasa's 50th
NASA's 50th Anniversary

NASA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2008. Join us as we celebrate the past and look forward to a promising new era of inspiration, innovation, and discovery.

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Mini Interactive Constellation Experience (Mini-ICE)

The Interactive Constellation Experience consists of a 50-inch LCD monitor and interactive software that allows visitors to virtually build and launch the Ares I and Ares V spacecraft, the next-generation launch vehicles that will take astronauts to the moon and eventually beyond. The exhibit highlights these craft using animation and demonstrates how the vehicles will interact in space. Using motion sensor technology, visitors select the vehicle they would like to construct and assemble it piece by piece to see how each intricate part comes together to make the entire spacecraft. After assembly, visitors can launch their Ares rocket on its mission.

General Specifications

  • 4’ x 6’
Electrical Requirements:
  • One 117 Volt 15 Amp drop
Special Notes
  • This exhibit is suitable for indoor use only
  • Exhibit best displayed in low-light areas
Assembly Specifications

Assembly Equipment Required:
  • Forklift for crates
  • Various hand tools
Labor Required:
  • Two people
Assembly Time:
  • Approximately one hour
Assembly Notes:
  • One Exhibit Technician and one laborer are required for setup of this exhibit
  • Instructions for assembly/setup are included
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